He's Your Dog, Charlie Brown

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He's Your Dog, Charlie Brown
He's Your Dog title page.jpg
GenreAnimated TV special
Created byCharles M. Schulz
Written byCharles M. Schulz
Directed byBill Melendez
Voices ofPeter Robbins
Gail DeFaria
Christopher Shea
Sally Dryer
Daws Butler
Ann Altieri
Lisa DeFaria
Matthew Liftin
Glenn Mendelson
Hilary Momberger
Kerry MacLane
Composer(s)Vince Guaraldi
Original language(s)English
Production
Producer(s)Lee Mendelson
Bill Melendez
Editor(s)Robert T. Gillis
Steven Melendez
Camera setupNick Vasu
Running time28 minutes
DistributorPeanuts Worldwide
Release
Original networkCBS
Original releaseFebruary 14, 1968
Chronology
Preceded byYou're in Love, Charlie Brown
Followed byIt Was a Short Summer, Charlie Brown

He's Your Dog, Charlie Brown is the fifth prime-time animated TV special based upon the popular comic strip Peanuts, by Charles M. Schulz. It was originally aired on the CBS network on February 14, 1968. This was also the last Peanuts special featuring the majority of the original voice cast from the first Peanuts special, A Charlie Brown Christmas.

Both He's Your Dog, Charlie Brown and You're in Love, Charlie Brown were nominated for an Emmy award for Outstanding Achievement in Children's Programming in 1968.[1]

Synopsis[edit]

Snoopy is beginning to get into constant mischief, angering the other children in Charlie Brown's neighborhood. They demand that Charlie Brown do something about it "Because he's your dog, Charlie Brown!" Charlie Brown then writes a letter to the Daisy Hill Puppy Farm, asking them to take Snoopy back and teach him some manners. Snoopy tries pulling sick looks to get out of his punishment, but Charlie Brown tells him it is for his own good. Charlie Brown decides to call Peppermint Patty to ask if she will house Snoopy for a day, as the trip to the farm is too long to take in a single day. Peppermint Patty agrees.

When Snoopy arrives at Peppermint Patty's house, he realizes he has an opportunity to avoid going to obedience school and decides to stay at Patty's house instead. This confused Peppermint Patty, as she begins to get tired of bringing him root beer, and cleaning up his mess, while Snoopy enjoys her swimming pool.

A week later, Charlie Brown receives a phone call from the Daisy Hill Puppy Farm, telling him that Snoopy never arrived there. Charlie Brown soon finds out that the dog has been staying at Peppermint Patty's for a week. He brings a leash, in hopes he will bring Snoopy home. He attaches the leash to Snoopy's collar but the dog escapes and flees back to Peppermint Patty's house. However, instead of returning to the easy life he enjoyed before, Peppermint Patty makes the dog become her maid. Later, when his friends start to miss Snoopy, Charlie Brown tries to bring the dog back again, but because he brings the leash, Snoopy just breaks it and refuses to leave.

Later, while cleaning the dishes, Snoopy becomes infuriated with his chores, and in anger, he breaks all the dishes. Peppermint Patty sends him to sleep in the garage as punishment. While in the garage, Snoopy realizes that being with Charlie Brown is the better choice and starts to howls uncontrollably. With the garage door unlocked, he goes back inside, gathers all his belongings, escapes from Peppermint Patty's house after a small fight, and returns home. Overjoyed, Charlie Brown welcomes him back, with hopes that everyone will be glad to see him. The next day, after taking Linus on a wild ride and unintentionally fighting Lucy, Snoopy goes to his dog house, greatly contented that he is finally home.

Cast[edit]

  • Peter Robbins - Charlie Brown
  • Bill Melendez - Snoopy
  • Sally Dryer - Lucy Van Pelt
  • Ann Altieri - Frieda/Patty
  • Christopher Shea - Linus Van Pelt
  • Linda Mendelson - Violet
  • Gail DeFaria - Peppermint Patty

Absent[edit]

Credits[edit]

  • Created and Written by: Charles M. Schulz
  • Produced and Directed by: Bill Melendez
  • Executive Producer: Lee Mendelson
  • Original Score: Vince Guaraldi
  • Arranged and Conducted by: John Scott Trotter
  • Graphic Blandishment by: Ruth Kissane, Frank Smith, Dean Spille, Beverly Robbins, Bob Carlson, Ed Levitt, Frank Braxton, Bernard Gruver, Dick Thompson, Bill Littlejohn, Phil Roman, Bob Matz, Eleanor Warren, Faith Kovaleski, Manuel Perez, Jan Green
  • Editing: Robert T. Gillis
  • Assisted by: Steven Melendez
  • Sound by: Producers' Sound Service
  • Camera: Nick Vasu
  • A Lee Mendelson-Bill Melendez Production
  • In Cooperation with United Feature Syndicate, Inc.
  • THE END "He's Your Dog, Charlie Brown" © 1968 by United Feature Syndicate, Inc.

Notes[edit]

  • Stock footage from It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown are used when Snoopy flies on his doghouse.
  • This special was nominated for the Emmy Award for Outstanding Achievement in Children's Programming.
  • In this special, Peppermint Patty speaks to her mother, who is otherwise absent from Patty's life.
  • The part where Snoopy fights Lucy near the end is inspired by the comic strip storyline that originally ran from May 24 through May 29, 1965. It was also adapted in the 1983 The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show episode "Snoopy: Man's Best Friend" and as the episode "L'amour du risque" from the 2014 French TV series Peanuts.

Home video[edit]

He's Your Dog was retelecast yearly on CBS between February 1969 and June 1972. It was released on home video in the 1980s by Hi-Tops Video. Snoopy Double Feature volume 2, a VHS release containing He's Your Dog and It's Flashbeagle, Charlie Brown, was released on March 11, 1994 (it would later be re-issued in 1997 after Viacom bought Paramount). The first DVD release came on July 7, 2009, in remastered form as part of the DVD box set Peanuts 1960s Collection. A separate DVD of the special and Life Is a Circus, Charlie Brown was released on September 21, 2010.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Lee Mendelson Film Productions Retrieved December 28, 2017.

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